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Montrail CTC (Fusion line) trail low tops

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4.60 / 5 (5 reviews)

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b d
( bdavis )

Mt. Lassen - Shasta, N. Cal.
Montrail CTC (Fusion line) trail low tops on 12/10/2006 13:48:35 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Montrail CTC

1. Great shoe, worn all the time: home, business, day, travel, trekking. Built for the trail, climbing, and so on. Durable, barely worn since purchases about a year ago.

2. Breathes, 100% comfortable.

Upper is a soft webbing, like on back shoulder pack straps, reinforced with a series of plastic webbing strips.

Inner lining fits like a sock and is a veritable foot vacation. Partly due to tongue being connected to the body lining, so no separation and literally fits like a soled foot sock.

3. Weight is 13.5 oz. on my scale per shoe after taking the dogs for a walk in the snow.

4. No problems, defects of any kind.

5. BPL Gear Shop Lace Locks work perfect on the strings that came with this shoe:

Montrail low top CTC

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Mike Maurer
( maurer - M )

CTC's on 12/11/2006 07:06:54 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Thanks for the review/heads up. A friend of mine thru hiked the PCT this year, wearing NB's to KM then CTC's for the rest of the trip. He said he wished he'd worn the CTC's every day. My pair arrived 2 days ago and I was able to take a quick 5 mile walk yesterday. I can verify the "foot vacation" notion - Montrail has always felt that way to me. My right foot felt a bit hot but I attribute it to not having the lacing quite right on my first trip - leaving too much room to move around in my right shoe. FYI - the lacing system is VERY nice for micro adjustments.

The shoes were stiff enough for me to know they'll be great in the Sierra and in the NoCal/OR volcanic stuff. Also, plenty breathabale for a shoe this sturdy. Same weight as my NB 907's. I'm a bit nervous of using them in the desert heat of a PCT thru hike but have no imperical data yet. Looks like a winner.

Edited by maurer on 12/11/2006 07:08:38 MST.

Mitchell Keil
( mitchellkeil )

Deep in the OC
Narrow Toe Box on 12/13/2006 11:38:21 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 3 / 5

I would second the comments on the CTC posted here with one caveat. If you have a broader forefoot then this shoe would not be for you. The design favors its original design as an approach shoe that then works exceptionally well slabbing and pointing during a climb. Hence its inside edging sole and close cut sole to the upper. That also means that it has a narrow toe box, more so than other Montrails, something I did not know before I purchased them. Already owned a pair of Comps which I love and thought these would be typical Montrail fit. Wrong! So, with that one caveat I would say that the CTCs are excellent approach shoes that can do double duty as a backpacking shoe with aplomb.

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kevin davidson
( kdesign )

Mythical State of Jefferson
Great Approach/Trailrunner Hybrid on 05/30/2007 14:22:01 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Just an excellent off-trail shoe that is still nimble enough (and light enough) to be an everyday backpacking shoe in Western mtn. Summer conditions. Rigid enough footplate to protect feet in rough terrain, flexible and light enough for multi-day comfort. Dries out pretty fast, stretchy top helps keep out debris ( but no substitute for gaitors) and the Gryptonite rubber sole is just great on rock---just the right balance of stickiness and durability.

The one caveat I have is that the rubber rand and side reinforcement make the shoe a bit on the warm side in hot weather----not my 1st choice for a desert shoe, but this does not detract from wholeheartedly giving it the full 5.if you have the classic Montrail foot---it is a little narrow in the toebox as has been said, you may need to size up. One of the reasons it's a good climbing shoe on even low class 5 rock.

17.5 oz. a shoe (men's 12)

Edited by kdesign on 05/30/2007 17:21:22 MDT.

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dave hollin
( backpackbrewer )

Deepest darkest Wales, boyo
awesome shoes on 07/21/2009 14:14:50 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I am on my second pair of CTCs now and I have to say that they are the most comfy walking shoe I have ever worn so far. The 1st pair I had have worn away at the heel cushioning but since I had these for 18months and used them for everything (outdoor walking, cycling, playing footie, genearal use etc), I dont think they did badly at all!
The fit is superb on my feet with the heel being really comfortable and one of those magic pairs of shoes that fit and wear well instantly the moment you put them on out of the box.
The only thing to say other than I really love these shoes is that i have recently bought sme Streaks so I will have to see how well they fare versus the gold standard

Edited by backpackbrewer on 07/21/2009 14:15:37 MDT.

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